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Starbucks hot apple crisp macchiato

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In a previous post I reviewed the iced apple crisp. Today is a strange weather day it’s sunny and raining at the same time. Cold from the wind and hot from the sun at the same time. It seemed to be a perfect day to try a fall drink released in summer.  I also had stars that were going to expire soon. I would normally order a tall since I was using the stars I got a grande. The only customization I did was request coconut milk. I know it’s not the best for this kind of drink it’s the one I like the most. Otherwise I wanted to try it the way it came.  Previously I had gone shopping with my mom and then decided to walk home. I had a heavy bag of flour to carry on the 1.5 km home. I was hoping that I could sit outside at Starbucks. All the outside tables were taken and inside was efficient with them having a person opening and closing the door and telling you to go pick up your mobile order if it’s there. I’m not comfortable sitting inside anyways but it was definitely an atmosphere of gra

October 30 - chickpea flour pizza, shopping and workout incentive

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Happy Halloween I saw an article that avocado was the new pumpkin so I had to try On friday evening I wanted a pizza. I never order delivery and it was to late for me to go out. I also don't keep regular flour in my house. I knew I had sauce and cheese and chickpea flour. I usually make chickpea flour pancakes but I wondered if I could make a pizza crust out of it. It actually worked pretty well I cook pizza in a frying pan as I don't use my oven and I find that the pan makes it easy to cook the crust and melt the cheese.  chickpea flour I poured the flour in the bowl I added olive oil, salt, pepper, water wishing i had dried herbs I would have let the dough sit but it was after work on and i was hungry so I only let it sit while the pan was getting hot. I put some ghee in the pan and then tried to spread the dough out in the pan it was hot so I couldn't take a picture. It would have been bette if i had rolled the dough out before putting it in the

October 23, 2016 Non-Contest Wins, Soup Maker Soup turns to pressure cooker pasta

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This week I spent a lot of time on work related items outside of work and not a lot of time on anything else. I did get my website livingvancouverloca.com up and running. I still haven't figured out how to move the blog to it though I did some things earlier today that will take some time to transfer files. Hopefully I will figure it out soon. I enter contests every once in a while but I haven't won anything for around 6 months. I do not put a lot of effort into entering contests so I do not expect to win a lot but I do have some luck and winning is more enjoyable than getting discounts. When I received an e-mail from Essie telling me I won something I got excited and filled in the form right away and told some people I won. I received an e-mail blast that wasn't even personal the next day saying oops you weren't really a winner. There was no mention of compensation other than being entered into the same draw that I would have been entered into if I really won th

October 16 2016 - BC Storm, Small Business BC, and Squash

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squash from my brother's garden This was the week of the BC storm a series of 3 storms the last one to be the most significant. The last one wasn't as strong as expected and where I was there was not much of an effect. I was going to go across the border with my best friends family on Saturday. We cancelled on Friday after my friend got stuck in traffic for hours because of accidents. I was lucky and mostly did not notice anything different than normal as I started my day later. I did notice when I was in downtown Vancouver on Friday that it was much windier there than it was in my city of Coquitlam. Last week was small business week and Small Business BC offered a few of their normally paid seminars for free. I have taken a few courses in the past there and love what they offer. If you are a small business or thinking of starting one they have a large amount of resources available and many for free. On Monday I attended the how to start your consulting business semina

October 8 2016 - haircuts at annex, a stop at l'occitane and tea at soirette

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Had a fun day catching up with a friend I haven't seen for awhile. We first met at annex to get our hair cut. This is my favorite salon as all the stylists know how to handle my naturally wavy hair and they give you a shoulder massage with your haircut. My hair always looks good when I leave and the price is very reasonable for the service they provide. They remembered cutting my friend's hair in July impressive. L'OCCITANE some of the l'occitane haul as some items already given to my friend We then went to l'occitane to pick up our free gifts I am a l'occitane vip and have a bit of a problem with buying to much when I go to the store. I only go there a few times a year and always when I qualify for something free because I always leave with over $100 in products. I had two coupons that they let me use separately. The first was the free gift with $10 off if you spend $35 or more so I bought shampoo and conditioner since I needed that anyways. The other